Music and Culture of WW1

Music and Culture of WW1

Highlights of BBC Radio 3’s special programmes to mark the WW1 centenary. Classical music, art, literature, film, popular songs and cultural life inspired by the war, explored in interviews and documentaries from Radio 3’s regular programmes. New editions are added throughout 2014.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • The Essay - Music on the Brink: London. 10 Jan 14.

    Fri, 10 Jan 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Emma Jane Kirby considers the idea of London presenting to both the wider world and Britons themselves in 1914. And she assesses how far these attitudes still resonate today.

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  • Modernist Moments - London 10 Jan 14.

    Fri, 10 Jan 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    Tom Service takes a litmus test of the classical music goings-on in London in 1914 and finds Modernist Moments by native composers thin on the ground. Two songs by Frank Bridge, Where She Lies Asleep, and Love Went a-riding, written that year, tell the story.

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  • Postcard from London. 10 Jan 14.

    Fri, 10 Jan 14

    Duration:
    6 mins

    Jonathan Pryce reads a fictional postcard from London just before WW1, where Vaughan Williams seems to have caught the imagination of the city. Written by Dr Kate Kennedy

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  • Essential Classics. London. 10 Jan 14.

    Fri, 10 Jan 14

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Charles Emmerson on London, Elgar's Nimrod and the seeds of decline just beofre WW1.

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  • Essential Classics. St Petersburg. 9 Jan 14

    Fri, 10 Jan 14

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Historian Charles Emmerson St. Petersburg and the power of the Romanov Tsars.

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  • Essential Classics. Berlin. 8 Jan 14.

    Fri, 10 Jan 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    Historian Charles Emmerson on how Berlin was exciting and modern before the great catastrophe about to happen.

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  • Essential Classics. Paris. 7 Jan 14.

    Fri, 10 Jan 14

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Historian Charles Emmerson on how Paris before WW1 might have felt and on Beethoven being the most performed composer.

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  • Essential Classics. Vienna. 6 Jan 14.

    Fri, 10 Jan 14

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Historian Charles Emmerson on how high tradition and modernity collide just before WW1.

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  • The Essay. St Petersburg. 9 Jan 14.

    Thu, 9 Jan 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The BBC's Moscow correspondent, Steve Rosenberg, finds a revealing connection between the St. Petersburg of 1914 and its counterpart of today.

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  • Modernist Moments - St Petersburg 9 Jan 14.

    Thu, 9 Jan 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    Tom Service uncovers a world of startling sounds and heightened feeling in Alexander Scriabin’s final composition, the Five Preludes Op.74. Written in 1914 in St Petersburg, months before Scriabin died, here is music riddled with the ambiguities of the time.

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